Jenna Dewan Tatum Is Hosting J. Lo's "World of Dance," Our Heads Just Exploded

We keep getting bite-sized pieces of news about Jennifer Lopez's new show, "World of Dance," for NBC, each tidbit more delicious than the last. But the latest info? It's less "delicious tidbit" and more "EPIC FEAST." Because the latest info is that J. Lo has brought on none other than Jenna Dewan Tatum—Danskin model, "Lip Sync Battle" genius and your Step Up forever love—to host.

Take a second and let that amazingness sink in.

Lopez made the announcement in a series of cool-kid Instagram posts, showing her hanging out with JDT and previously announced judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo:

Don't worry, guys: Dewan Tatum will still have her own dance show on NBC (and Channing Tatum will still be involved in that project). Yes, that was our first question when we heard this news, too. Turns out NBC just loves 'em some Jenna. (Same.)

We'll let you know more about both shows as we hear it. Here's hoping for lots of fabulous press releases via Insta in the near future.

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